(Negombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Mirissa, Colombo)
Surfing, jungle safaris, white-water rafting, temple treks and whale watching are just the start of this action packed journey through Negombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Mirissa and Colombo. Behold Sri Lanka’s dramatic cultural traditions, spiritual wonders, UNESCO sites intermingled with endless adventures with the luxury by expert private local guide and driver from charming hotels. Visit the Lion Rock, the Dambulla Rock Temple and some of the oldest holy pilgrimage sites in the world. Get your "adventure-on" as you hike and climb the diverse countryside monuments, spot leopards, elephants and other exotic animals on safari through national parks, white-water raft the Kelani River, learn to surf on the beaches of Mirissa, cruise the pristine waters of the Sri Lankan coast and marvel at the ocean during an exclusive whale-watching experience.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer from Negombo to Minuwangoda. The approximate travel time is 20 minutes.
The Wallawwa (4*), an old colonial manor house, has been lovingly restored to provide 14 beautifully furnished bedrooms and suites – ten Garden Suites, two Wallawwa Bedrooms and two Family Suites.Much care and attention has gone into creating a hotel that is enjoyable for both guests and staff alike. The team of Butlers, Chefs, Housekeepers, Gardeners, Maintenance engineers, Spa Therapists and Management all strive to maintain an efficient and friendly atmosphere whilst ensuring service standards are of the highest quality. We believe we achieve this and very much hope you’ll agree.
In the morning, do a city tour in Negombo, which is in the heart of Sri Lanka's fishing industry. The sea and catamarans is the backdrop of the Negombo scenery. Visit the Negombo lagoon and a fish auction. Also visit the Dutch Fort and a Catholic Church. Continue to Sigiriya. In the evening enjoy a hiking experience at Ritigala. The Ritigala Buddhist Monastery nestles deep inside the Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve, found just off the Anuradhapura-Habarana road, and is the partially excavated ruins of an extensive Buddhist Monastery. It was abandoned following invasions in 10th and 11th centuries and today holds special appeal with its curious blend of nano-safari and archaeology. Walking around the beautiful ruins does certainly give you a feeling of adventures in search of mythical pasts; it is easy to imagine yourself as Indiana Jones whilst clambering over the overgrown relics of a forgotten time.
Hotel Sigiriya is located in a close proximity to the Sigiriya Rock that it seems as through the heritage site is yours alone to admire from the privacy of the hotel. The hotel offers the most scenic views of the rock fortress. The surrounding environs are lush green everywhere you look. As its honoured guest, you are welcomed with a refreshing drink made of local ambarella fruit handpicked for you from the surrounding areas. Hotel Sigiriya features 79 superior rooms, open-air lounge bar with direct Sigiriya rock view, Jungle Bar, pavilion type open-air Main Restaurant, outdoor freshwater pool and kiddies' pool, sports facilities, live oriental music entertainment, and conference facilities.
Visit Polonnaruwa ancient city on your bicycle. which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock could be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. In the After-noon continue to Sigiriya and visit the rock fortress. Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
Proceed to Dambulla. Dating back to the First Century BC, the Golden Temple of Dambulla has been the centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus alike for 22 centuries. It is Sri Lanka’s most popular historic site. The Cave monastery, home to Buddhist monks is covered with exquisite 2,000 year-old murals depicting the life and times of the Lord Buddha. The shrines also house a collection of 157 statues of Buddha in various sizes and poses, including a 15 metre long reclining Buddha and vividly coloured frescoes on the walls and ceiling, making this the largest antique painted surface in the world. Continue to Kandy via Matale. Visit a spice garden in Matale, there you will see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed today spices are used mainly to flavor food. In medieval times, however, spices played a more important role as food preserving agents. In the absence of fridges and freezers, people used spices to preserve meat during the long winter months. Tasting of spiced tea, massage with natural products and demonstration of a preparation of curry and little massage with herbal oils of spices and plants. In the evening visit Temple of the Tooth relic - one of Buddhism's most sacred relics and draws followers of the Buddhist faith from all over the world.
The Earl’s Regency is the ideal five-star luxury hotel from which to explore the attractions of Kandy and the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. Situated next to the river and surrounded by hills, The Hotel offers a perfect oasis of calm where guests can retreat after a day of seeing the sights. Beautifully manicured gardens surround the tempting pool. We have 104 rooms. The hotel also has one of the largest conference facilities. Despite the size, the hotel is environmentally aware and do the best to minimize carbon footprint. The hotel also has a comprehensive energy conservation policy, with power cut-off switches, energy-efficient lighting (CFL bulbs), photo-active garden lights and solar-powered hot water systems.
After breakfast, proceed to the Peradeniya Railway Station for the 08:40 train ride (20 mins) to Gampola (seats cannot be reserved in advance). Gampola is a large town located in amidst the central highlands of the country. You will visit the longest Buddha statue in South Asia, the Saliyalapura Temple. Continue towards Nuwara Eliya, which is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort, also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea zone producing a significant share of the world's best tea. Visit a tea plantation & taste a cup of tea in the factory. In the evening, take a walking tour of Nuwara Eliya known to the local people as “Little England”.
Cocoon Hills is an exquisite 6 bed roomed English Mock Tudor Bungalow with a beautiful lawn and flower beds built nearly 25 years ago, nestled in the hill country amidst tea plantations and verdant mountains which exudes its personal charm within a setting of refined elegance. On a sunny day, the Bungalow allows guests to borrow its bicycles to peddle around the town, sightseeing.
In the morning leave for Horton Plains National Park by minivan for your wildlife safari. Once you pass the main entrance, trek into the park on foot. The park covers 31.60 km², and is a mixture of highland forest and wet grassland. Species found here include leopard, sambar (Sri Lankan Sambar Deer) and the endemic purple-faced langur. All six highland endemic birds are found here, including the dull-blue flycatcher, Sri Lanka White-eye, Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon and Sri Lanka Bush Warbler. The yellow-eared Bulbul and black-throated Munia are widespread throughout the highlands. You will also visit Baker's Waterfalls and World's End which is the highest mist gap of Sri Lanka.
Proceed to Kitulgala. Enjoy an exhilarating day white water rafting on the Kelani River. Join the boulder – strewn and picturesque Kelani Ganga (river) above Kitulgala and navigate name-chilling rapids such as Killer Falls and Head Chopper.
The Mandara Resort, located on the South West Coast of Sri Lanka, on a tropical setting with palm fringed golden beaches bordering the mighty Indian ocean, provides you a comprehensive range of activities and facilities to ensure an unforgettable holiday experience to take back home the Sri Lankan hospitality second to none in the World. The hotel features 20 rooms which are all equipped with satellite TV, DVD player, safety locker, AC and tea and coffee making facilities. The availability of many varieties of ocean fresh fish, crabs, lobsters etc. provide our chefs of the hotel to create innovative local and international dining experience.
Proceed to a whale watching trip organized by the hotel. Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to see blue whales in their natural habitat. Sperm whales, killer whales, pilot whales and dolphins are also regularly spotted in south coast. The best period for this excursion is from November to April.
Full day leisure at the beach. In the morning enjoy free time for surfing. (Season starts from November to April). Provided with a surf board and 45 minutes of surfing lessons.
Proceed to Galle for your city tour of The capital of the southern province. A colorful history and UNESCO declared World Heritage Site, the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. In 1587 the Portuguese annexed Galle from its Sinhala kings and built its first fortress naming it “Santacrusz”. Its old world charm appeals as a tourist destination. Look back on 500 years of nurture under Sinhala, Portuguese, Dutch and British stewardship. Continue to Colombo. In the afternoon, enjoy a City tour of capital of Sri Lanka. Places of interest include the Pettah Bazaar, perfect for shopping and bargain hunters, the old parliament in fort, Buddhist and Hindu Temples, Bayra Lake, The Colombo Museum, and the city's residential areas.
Casa Colombo is a 12 suite Retro-chic hotel that blends a contemporary designer style with the charms of a magnificent 200 year old Moorish mansion. Built by one of the wealthiest Indian trading families at the time, the mansion is adorned with acres of Italian and Indian mosaic floors, carved arches, molded ceilings and Moorish styled balconies, and is one of the few remaining treasures of its era. A significant part of creating this hotel involved restoring the building back to its former grandeur. Located in Bambalapitiya in Colombo 4, it is in the heart of Colombo’s business district, however as it is neatly cosseted away from the busy Galle road by its own cul de sac, it is a gated and very private hotel.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer to/from Colombo International Airport.
Depart from Colombo international airport - end of itinerary.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Sri Lanka for the most up to date visa information.
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